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Red Deer Rebels defenceman Haydn Fleury is one of 45 players invited to the Canadian national junior hockey team’ summer development camp Aug. 3-8 in three Quebec centres — Brossard, Montreal and Sherbrooke. Fleury, who is projected as a top-10 to top-15 pick in this year’s NHL entry draft Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, is also one of 16 Western Hockey League players invited to the summer camp.
Red Deer Rebels teammates Haydn Fleury and Conner Bleackley have the date circled on their calendar. In fact, they had their magic markers out many months ago. Fleury, the smooth-skating defenceman, and Bleackley, the Rebels captain and gifted sniper, will both attend this year’s NHL entry draft set for June 27-28 in Philadelphia. June 27, when the first round will be conducted, is the date they’re focusing on.
Forward Conner Bleackley and defenceman Haydn Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels are among 23 Western Hockey League players who will attend the 2014 NHL draft combine May 26-31 in Toronto. The combine will feature 119 prospects — including 18 international players — for this year’s entry draft, set for June 27-28 in Philadelphia.
Red Deer Rebels general manager/head coach Brent Sutter went into Wednesday’s Canadian Hockey League import draft with the hopes of improving his blue line. Based on size and potential. . . mission accomplished.
The Red Deer Rebels’ first-round pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League bantam draft is right on schedule.
Yes, the Red Deer Rebels are interested in hosting the 2016 Memorial Cup. No, the team will not bid to host the Canadian major junior hockey championship tournament if a large-market team enters the process with financial backing that’s impossible to match, unless there’s an understanding that money will not be the deciding factor.
Quality, not quantity, is the theme of this year’s Red Deer Rebels spring prospects camp set for Friday to Sunday at the Penhold Regional Multiplex. The quality is in the form of 24 players — down from 32 last year, a number that included 17-year-olds — all of whom were born in 1998 and ‘99.
The Red Deer Rebels will take their Western Hockey League preseason act south of the border this fall. The Rebels, for the first time ever, will participate in an exhibition tournament Sept. 4-6 at Kennewick, Wash., a three-day event also involving the host Tri-City Americans, Kootenay Ice, Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winterhawks, Spokane Chiefs and Everett Silvertips.
The mighty pen was front and centre Wednesday at the Red Deer Rebels office. Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter inked goaltender coach/consultant Taylor Dakers to a new deal, while forward Jake Leschyshyn of Saskatoon and netminder Dawson Weatherill of Red Deer — the club’s first two picks in this year’s Western Hockey League bantam draft — signed standard player contracts.
The Red Deer Rebels hit a home run in the 2011 Canadian Hockey League import draft, selecting Czech netminder Patrik Bartosak 59th overall. But that was then, this is now. And the prevailing question is: Can the club smack it out of the park once again in this year’s import draft, set for Wednesday?
The Red Deer Rebels will open their 2014-15 Western Hockey League regular season Sept. 19 against the visiting Kootenay Ice. Red Deer will visit the Calgary Hitmen the following day and will host the Ice Sept. 27 before heading out on their annual early-season East Division road trip that will include stops in Moose Jaw, Brandon and Regina Oct. 2, 4 and 5.